Matusz fitting in
Top 2008 draft choice Brian Matusz wasn't exactly a stranger when he arrived in training camp. Teammate Jeremy Guthrie reached out to him during the offseason and is lockering next to him in the spring clubhouse.
"For a guy like myself who is only 22 years old, my first spring training to have a veteran, a No.1 starter on the staff, to kind of take me under my wing is pretty exciting,'' Matusz said. "It shows a lot about Jeremy as a guy as well as a player."
Matusz (shown competing for Team USA in 2007) also got well-acquainted with top prospect Matt Wieters when the two of them played together for the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.
"I worked with Matt,'' he said, "He was my catcher in the Arizona Fall League so I had a lot of time with him. He’s an awesome guy, great catcher. You can’t beat throwing to a guy that size. He really makes it seem like you’re throwing 50 feet rather than 60 feet. Matt’s a great guy. I’m really looking forward to that."